Terpenes have always been taken only as part of the "cannabis experience". However, their richness in the form of aroma and taste has many more uses, as they play a very important role in all the health effects of the plant.
Terpenes belong to a group other than cannabinoids (eg THC, CBD…) and maybe for this reason they do not receive much attention. Hemp products have a marked CBD or THC content, but we rarely see terpenes such as linalool, pinene or limonene. Over time, the terpenes received more attention due to the so-called side effect, which highlights the combination of more cannabinoids and terpenes. Thanks to these combinations, the use of the therapeutic nature is improved.
Cannabis produces a variety of terpenes, but in this article we will focus on linalool.
Unlike other terpenes, linalool is not as specific for cannabis. Spicy lavender fragrance is common in over 200 plant types. It has been proven that even if you are not a cannabis user, you get about 2 grams of linalool per year through food. This may seem quite large, but there is a very low risk of any adverse effects. In addition, linalool is not held in the human body for so long and does not accumulate like cannabinoids. Therefore, it is not stored in fat stores throughout the body and brain.
Why do so many different plants produce linalool? Its antimicrobial equipment protects the plant from external parasites and at the same time offers potential therapeutic use in humans. Linalool (in the form of lavender or peanut stalks and leaves) has long been used in traditional medicine. It was popular mainly because of its sedative and antiepileptic effects.
In addition, Linalool strengthens the immune system, making the body much more resistant to stress.
Research suggests that behavioral effects of linalool may be most affected by its effects on the brain. One of the potential advantages of linalool is its equipment against some forms of epilepsy.
In addition, Linalool relaxes muscles and, thanks to its characteristic mechanism, offers pain relief. It reduces the strength of acetylcholine, a chemical found in the brain that affects muscles and movement.
“We believe that terpenes affect all processes in the brain. Mainly because he can change the behavior of brain cells. ”
Perhaps the most interesting therapeutic use of linalool is its potential to become a new drug for Alzheimer's disease. Unfortunately, there is still no way to cure Alzheimer's and current treatments are ineffective and unsuccessful in most cases. But this can change due to linalool. Scientists are currently exploring techniques to reverse disease development and return all brain functions back to normal.
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